Trump says Kurdish PKK ‘probably more of terrorist threat’ than ISIS

People flash victory sign and wave flags of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan as part of the Kurdish celebration of Nowruz (aka Noruz or Newroz), the Persian calendar New Year, in Istanbul. (File photo: AFP)

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday the Kurdish PKK militia, who have waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara, was “probably” a bigger terror threat than ISIS.

“The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS,” Trump told a news conference at the White House.

Tens of thousands have died since the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. The PKK is considered a terror group by Ankara, the United States, and the European Union.

Under fire for abandoning America’s Kurdish allies in the anti-ISIS fight to face a Turkish assault in northern Syria, Trump disparaged the Kurds earlier Wednesday saying they “are not angels.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54